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dragon48

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They transmit from Greenville, North Carolina. Isn't that also one of the VOA's transmitting sites? It's a greater distance from me here in Western Canada at over 2300 miles, but they always come in strong here on various frequencies during the daytime and in the early evening. I've often mistaken them for RHC.
Correct - VOA comes from the same site:


RHC usually comes in for me at 6000 kHz. Should be great reception for me, as Havana is only around 1,300 miles away, but I suspect that some local interference takes up some of the bandwidth, and the spoken voice is usually faint. Sometimes, in spite of a strong signal on the frequency, I can't get any reception. I'm just learning my SDR software, but 6000 always shows too much of a thin straight line without any nearby peaks. I've seen proven local interference cause the same visuals.
 

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WHRI 5920 2:15 UTC

As always, the folks at WHRI work hard to spread the faith. Getting the reception like a strong, local A.M. station with a simple wire antenna. Can also get very good reception with only a telescoping antenna.
 

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Radio Romania International 6130 2:25 UTC

Good enough signal to pick up the spoken French and music, (some kind mixed news and music format) but plagued with local interference and waves of static. Good enough reception to get a Shazam Hit. They played a clip from "Omul padurii" by Ducu Bertzi.
 
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Correct - VOA comes from the same site:


RHC usually comes in for me at 6000 kHz. Should be great reception for me, as Havana is only around 1,300 miles away, but I suspect that some local interference takes up some of the bandwidth, and the spoken voice is usually faint. Sometimes, in spite of a strong signal on the frequency, I can't get any reception. I'm just learning my SDR software, but 6000 always shows too much of a thin straight line without any nearby peaks. I've seen proven local interference cause the same visuals.
Back in the 1960s I was told of a VOA transmitting site near Bound Brook, NJ., perhaps a relay. At that time I was a ham in Central Jersey, and one of my regular contacts, who lived in Bound Brook, complained bitterly about interference from their transmitters. I remember having seen a big antenna farm in his area; perhaps that was the one he was complaining about, but I'm not sure if he was right when he said it was the VOA's site.

As for RHC, they used to come in very strong here, but I haven't been able to hear their English broadcasts for nearly a year. I can still pick up their Spanish language broadcasts, and sometimes I hear them faintly in English during the daytime on 15140, but not strong enough to hear what they're saying. When they used to come in strong the audio was so poor that it was all I could do to make out what Arnie Coro was talking about on DXers Unlimited. That was the only show I wanted to listen to.
 

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Radio Havana Cuba 6000 kHz 4:15 UTC.

Not a great signal, but better reception than I usually get for this station on this frequency.

News program in English.
 

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Radio Romania International 6020 kHz 4:22 UTC.

Excellent reception (fading in and out a little though) from 4,684 miles (7,538 km) away.

English language news program about Romanian musicians.

4:32 UTC - "Surpriza" by Aura Urziceanu.
 

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At 17:20 UTC (9:20 AM local) the Voice of Korea is booming in at S9 on the R75 with 23 ft. of wire indoors. This is on both 9435 and 11710 kHz. The strength is the same on the Sangean ATS-909x with just the whip (likewise indoors). This is possibly the strongest I've ever heard them. The broadcast is in Korean, with the usual generator noise in the background of their audio.
 
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13710 kHz: BSKSA Saudi Arabia coming in pretty strong, with some fading, at 17:39 UTC (10:39 AM local). Religious services in Arabic.

11710 kHz: Voice of Korea, North Korea even stronger at the same time, very little fading. Music with Korea announcements. This time there's no generator noise on their signal, and I can't hear them at all on the alternate frequency of 9435.
 

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Radio Nacional Amazonia is a real powerhouse this evening at 01:45 UTC on 11780 kHz! They're coming in like a local on both the R75 and the ATS-909X. The latter receiver is using just the whip. RNA is just as strong on my old Sony ICF-2002, this also with just the whip and on battery power. All three radios are inside my apartment with no outside antenna. RNA has excellent audio, too, but they sound best on the ATS-909X.
 

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NTS Traffic Net - the ARRL website lists this frequency for the Pacific area traffic net on Mondays, but I'm not sure how up-to-date that information is. A female was reading traffic messages. Fading and a fairly high noise floor made hearing the details impossible.
 
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